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James Taylor / The Warner Bros Albums 1970-1976 / CD and vinyl box sets

6CD / 6LP box sets • Remasters overseen by Peter Asher

The key works of James Taylor are to released as a box set. The Complete Warner Bros. Albums: 1970–1976 includes newly remastered versions of the six legendary studio albums that James Taylor recorded between 1970 and 1976 (Sweet Baby James (1970), Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon (1971), One Man Dog (1972), Walking Man (1974), Gorilla (1975), and In the Pocket (1976)).

Originally signed to Apple for his 1968 debut, Taylor switched to Warners for the 1970 follow-up Sweet Baby James, which was a huge success reaching number three in the Billboard charts, nominated for a Grammy and has sold in excess of three million copies in the US alone making him quite the handsome acoustic troubadour, with records that became the foundation for his garlanded career that includes five Grammy Awards, induction into the Songwriters and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame, and more than 100 million records sold worldwide.

Further success came with the single, Carole King’s ‘You’ve Got A Friend’ (his first number one single and earned him his first Grammy Award (Best Male Pop Vocal) in 1971), featuring on 1971’s Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon. While One Man Dog and Walking Man didn’t quite do the same business, sixth album Gorilla fared better due to the singles ‘Mexico’ and his cover of ‘How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)’, while In the Pocket features the likes of his then-wife Carly Simon, Stevie Wonder, Art Garfunkel, David Crosby, Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt all helping out.

The Complete Warner Bros. Albums: 1970–1976 comes as both a 6CD and 6LP vinyl box set. This collection brings several albums back into print on vinyl for the first time in many years.

Each album in the set has been remastered, a process overseen by Peter Asher, who signed Taylor to the Beatles’ Apple Records label in 1968, worked as his manager for 25 years, and originally produced several of these albums.

The Complete Warner Bros. Albums: 1970–1976 is released 19 July 2019

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The Complete Warner Bros. Albums: 1970-1976

Sweet Baby James (1970)

“Sweet Baby James”
“Lo And Behold’
“Sunny Skies”
“Steamroller
“Country Road”
“Oh, Susannah”
“Fire And Rain”
“Blossom”
“Anywhere Like Heaven”
“Oh Baby, Don’t You Loose Your Lip On Me”
“Suite For 20 G”

Mud Slide Slim And The Blue Horizon (1971)

“Love Has Brought Me Around”
“You’ve Got A Friend”
“Places In My Past”
“Riding On A Railroad”
“Soldiers”
“Mud Slide Slim”
“Hey Mister, That’s Me Up On The Jukebox”
“You Can Close Your Eyes”
“Machine Gun Kelly”
“Long Ago And Far Away”
“Let Me Ride”
“Highway Song”
“Isn’t It Nice To Be Home Again”

One Man Dog (1972)

“One Man Parade”
“Nobody But You”
“Chili Dog”
“Fool For You”
“Instrumental I”
“New Tune”
“Back On The Street Again”
“Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight”
“Woh, Don’t You Know”
“One Morning In May”
“Instrumental II”
“Someone”
“Hymn”
“Fanfare”
“Little David”
“Mescalito”
“Dance”
“Jig”

Walking Man (1974)

“Walking Man”
“Rock ’n’ Roll Is Music Now”
“Let It All Fall Down”
“Me And My Guitar”
“Daddy’s Baby”
“Ain’t No Song”
“Hello Old Friend”
“Migration”
“The Promised Land”
“Fading Away”

Gorilla (1975)

“Mexico”
“Music”
“How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”
“Wandering”
“Gorilla”
“You Make It Easy”
“I Was A Fool To Care”
“Lighthouse”
“Angry Blues”
“Love Songs”
“Sarah Maria”

In The Pocket (1976)

“Shower The People”
“A Junkie’s Lament”
“Money Machine”
“Slow Burning Love”
“Everybody Has The Blues”
“Daddy’s All Gone”
“Woman’s Gotta Have It”
“Captain Jim’s Drunken Dream”
“Don’t Be Sad ’Cause Your Sun Is Down”
“Nothing Like A Hundred Miles”
“Family Man”

49 responses to James Taylor / The Warner Bros Albums 1970-1976 / CD and vinyl box sets

  1. Marc says:

    They should have included this. It was later broadcast on FM stations in 1974.

    James Taylor
    The Oakland Coliseum
    March 25th 1971
    Recorded By Warner Brothers For An Unreleased Live Album (SBD)

  2. Robert says:

    This is someone who’s catalog hasn’t been exploited and supposedly remastered numerous times over the years. It seems some artists have 3 or more remastering jobs on the same album. Well done James.

  3. Jan Šlemenda says:

    Remastered? – I have braced myself from buying these so called “remasters” since they are usually brickwalled and unlistenable. Exceptions occurs but these are reissues than remasters I suppose. If the whole work was handed to Steven Wilson I would buy it with no hesitation, otherwise I wait till someone post offical DR (Dynamic Range).

  4. bruce kelso says:

    wasn’t there a live lp released in south america. I thought that was a cbs lp. has that ever been issued here in the u.s.? also warner must of taped some live shows.

    • Marc Hocker says:

      Yes the LP was Live In Rio issued by CBS on album and CD for the Latin America markets. It’s James’s January 1985 performance at the Rock In Rio event but the sound quality isn’t very good.

  5. Aaron says:

    The Macca’s Paul and Linda also sing and play on the Walking Man album…

    • John in Manhattan says:

      As does Carly Simon. Sheesh, does James resent her so much that she’s excised from the press release?

      • Wayne Klein says:

        Yes, he hates her that much. Glad to see these remastered and hopefully they will sound good.

  6. Duane says:

    Grabbed it! Thank you Paul!

  7. Marc says:

    Never heard of this artist (shame on me). But I know a lot of songst – sung by other artists (Birdy, Carole King, Janis Joplin etc.). Did Taylor wrote all this songs by himself or are this also cover versions?

    • AndyB says:

      Wow! You’ve never heard of him? I’m sure that you have heard him at some point. “Steamroller” was covered by Elvis Presley. “You’ve Got A Friend” was written by Carole King and recorded by both Taylor and King in 1971. “How Sweet It Is” is a cover of the Marvin Gaye hit and Taylor’s version was a hit in its own right. Being new to James, I would suggest a Greatest Hits collection before taking the plunge with these. It could be a bit too much “mellow” at once to purchase this set. Oh, and Taylor made a wonderful appearance on The Simpsons when Homer goes on the space shuttle; “Sweet dreams and flying machines in, uh, um…landing safely on the ground.”

    • Robert says:

      Take a listen to ‘Fire and Rain’- to me , its his best and he wrote it as well.
      As others suggested try a greatest hits and you may find thats all you need.

  8. Michael G says:

    As of 11.07 am U.K. time the signed edition was still available.
    Ordered my copy thanks for the information, otherwise I would have missed this.
    SDE is costing me a fortune but this is a release well worth having.

  9. Marc Hocker says:

    These Warner remasters have been a long time coming. They were originally meant to be released back in 2003 around the time of the Best Of James Taylor album but James Taylor got into a dispute with Warners about backdated royalties which put the remasters on the back burner. So it looks like the dispute was settled (though it didn’t stop them being remastered in Japan in 2010 or the Audio Fidelity 24kt gold releases of the albums this decade).

  10. Charlie Waffles says:

    Of course this set comes out after I have purchased all six albums mentioned in the last few years.

  11. JediJoker says:

    I wonder: will “Greatest Hits” be reissued using these new masters? Plus new masters for the re-recordings of “Carolina In My Mind” and “Something In The Way She Moves,” and the live “Steamroller?” The smart thing would have been to include those as bonus tracks here. Oh, well…

  12. Andrea says:

    Worth noting and praising, beside the unquestionable quality of the music, the classy artwork.

    It takes nothing really – a great picture, an elegant font… still, so many sets fail miserably, even the really expensive ones…

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I agree

      • Aaron says:

        I have a feeling he picked this picture because his hair is blowing wild and free in the breeze…every album cover or promo shot these days he has a hat on or cuts off the top of his head! Mmmm

        But I agree… a good cover!

  13. Inge Kjetil Bratset says:

    Ordered. Love JT, and have all his albums, including japanese mini LP’s. A chance to hear if the sound quality of the albums have improved. You’ll find some of his greatest albums here, including “Gorilla”, a very underrated album and one of my favourites of James. I also have a soft spot for “One Man Dog”.

  14. AlexKx says:

    One studio l.p. on one other record company and they can’t allow it to be in this box? Not even as a bonus disc? Thats seems sad. Missed opportunity. But maybe they can do that with a re-release or another compilations of this same stuff at some point?

  15. Bridge says:

    Signed by JT. That’s worth the extra few bucks! Ordered!

  16. Brian Smith says:

    Not to be confused with the James Taylor Quartet

  17. Steve F says:

    Immediately pre-ordered on CD. Thank you Paul for the heads up. Like the Kike Dee Box Set that was released, this is an ideal taster for James’s work. I’ve liked everything I’ve heard of his, but not sat down and listened to his LP’s.

    As an aside – What state would my music collection be in without SDE? ;-) thanks again Paul.

  18. Beepositive says:

    Thanks as always Paul for the early notification. Ordered, at that price it would be rude not to!

  19. Larry Geller says:

    No quad. No Country Road 45. No GH tracks. No goodies at all.

  20. Jurg says:

    Finally, I’ve been waiting for this for years. Great news on the same day I received my CD box set off Sam Brown “The A&M years”. Didn’t know the reissue producer was SDE. Great job, thanks!

  21. Ken Evans says:

    Not only no bonus tracks, but I have the DCC gold versions of all 6, which are among the very best sounding CDs I own – it is hard to imagine a sonic improvement on those (unlike the regular CDs still in circulation from the 90s that very much need improvement.)

    If anyone who has those actually gets this box, PLEASE report to us on how the new ones compare.

    • Marc Hocker says:

      I think you mean the Audio Fidelity 24kt Gold CDs issued this decade and mastered by Steve Hoffman. However they only did the first 5 albums and missed out In The Pocket.

    • Brian Burhans says:

      It may well have a Japan release on SHM-CD. It’s not listed yet but http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/ will have it if/when a Japanese release is announced.

  22. Bill Z says:

    New sleeves, or the old jewel boxes?

    • AlexKx says:

      Do you mean “digi-packaging” or plastic c.d. cases?! The industry should never have called them “jewel” cases. That was intentional misleading.

  23. jan heine blaauw says:

    Thanks Paul,
    I pre-ordered the LP boxset at Amazon.uk immediately today.

  24. fenwick says:

    Thanks Paul – ordered from Amazon UK for half the price of US.

    Truly a shame there’s no bonus tracks.

  25. Rob says:

    A couple things to note:

    1 the first 350 of the preorders of vinyl though the Rhino store get a signed lithograph print. If you order on CD you just get the litho without a signature. Seems kinda mean.
    2. the three tracks exclusive to Greatest Hits (the re-recorded Something In the Way She Moves, Carolina In My Mind and Steamroller (live) are oddly not included
    3. No bonus tracks. Peter Asher mentioned almost two decades ago there was an alternate version of “Fire and Rain” with a choir that would show up on “a later collection” I guess we continue to wait.

    These albums needed a boost so despite the small shortcomings it is certainly welcomed!

  26. Paul Fitzgerald says:

    My order is in with Rhino online, limited signed lithograph by the man himself James Taylor included.
    Apart from that, the Warner Bros years were vintage for JT’s music, a real class act!

    • Chris Squires says:

      Do you have a link for that signed lithograph, Rhino shows nothing for this for me….
      Ditto Warner Eurostore which normally has Rhino releases.
      Thanks in advance if anyone can give a link.

    • Chris Squires says:

      Found it, searching James Taylor found nothing, it was just under exclusives.
      International shipping is just $9.99 which isn’t bad for a 6 album set. It now depends on whether Parcelforce want their blood money.

      https://store.rhino.com/music/exclusive/the-warner-bros-albums-1970-1976-6lp-signed-lithograph.html

      • Julian J Hancock says:

        What ‘blood money’ do Parcelforce require ? If you mean Customs charges than that’s a government charge that any carrier is required to collect.

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          He’s talking about the £11.50 flat charge or ‘processing’ fee. If your item and shipping is around £50 this fee is more than the import VAT! That’s why Amazon US’s ‘import deposit fee’ is so good because they effectively become your import agent and you avoid this extra rip-off fee.

          • Julian Hancock says:

            So its 50p more than DHL and 25p more than UPS. In any event, if they are all grossly overcharging then that suggests a gap in the market for a budding entrepreneur.

            Alternatively, it shows what actually happens when you don’t have free trade agreements. Presumably we will be paying a similar charge for all European imports post 31 October ( on current timings) until such time as any new agreement is in place.

        • Chris Squires says:

          I don’t mind the tax at all, but Parcelforce basically hold your item hostage until you pay their extortion (-ate) fee for doing their job. It’s pure profit for them and a totally unnecessary charge. Plus they send a tiny, white flimsy piece of thin folded paper through that can easily be missed and if you don’t respond promptly they return the parcel to the US, so if you are holiday…good luck with that.
          For this item it’ll turn what is probably a £20-ish tax charge into a £32 tax charge for no reason.
          Paul is right, it makes buying from Amazon US seem like a dream compared.

  27. David B says:

    excellent news .. ordered the cd set immediately .. can’t believe the cost (bet it goes up …). Cheers- one happy bunny ..

  28. Aaron says:

    Also, the One Man Band double live album will be reissued.

    I have all the above albums separately but that price can’t be sniffed at! Will definitely be picking this up on CD

    • Jim says:

      Good luck topping Steve Hoffman’s mastering work on some of these albums. If sound quality is what you’re after pick up the Audio Fidelity versions. “Mud Slide Slim” is jaw-dropping.

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